Gavin McDonald has been a Lighting Designer and Production Manager for theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, events, and a bit of opera across the country for over 20 years as well as the United States and UK. Gavin will be joining the faculty of Theatre Department as an Assistant Professor in Lighting and Media Design as of July 1st!
Spotlight on Faculty
David Rayfield is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice combines theatre production, performance, installation and visual art. He has taught Scenic Painting in the 1110 labs and more recently, he’s taught Drawing for the Theatre.
Steve Ross Who are you? I am Steve Ross, and I’ve been a professional lighting designer for 42 years. During that time I have designed lighting for well over 300 productions for theatre, opera, and corporate events. I became interested in theatre and l… View Article
Anita La Selva is a contract faculty member in the Department of Theatre, where she teaches Acting for theatre and on-camera.
Shawn Kerwin joins us to share her experience of her 2017-18 sabbatical, which saw her designing two important works in Newfoundland with director and York alumna Jillian Keiley, and participating as a full-time student in the “Institute without Boundaries.” Shawn shares stories of the 2 shows, and of her time in the IwB, and how they’ve changed the way she thinks about design.
Professor James McKernan, is a scenic carpenter and a professor at York University. He’sbuilt over 200 hundred shows which include: films, live theatre and dance, trade show displays and custom items for performance pieces. Along with his BFA in Theatre Production from York, James received a B.Ed. from OISE at U of T and started teaching at an arts high school in the GTA; from there he got my job at York. He still builds shows to support research, dabbles in sound design and production manages the odd show. Really, he just likes solving problems.
1) Who are you? Heather Fitzsimmons Frey (Photo: Jeremy Mimnaugh) My name is Heather Fitzsimmons Frey and I am a Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow at York. I’m working with Marlis Schweitzer in Theatre Studies in Art, Media, Performance and Design. One of… View Article
Movement and Performance Creation teacher Erika Batdorf joins us this month to discuss her current work and research. She talks about the artists that inspire her, the architecture that moves her, and her plans for the year ahead, including her performance work.